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of the spirit that is sweeping across southern europe and threatens the democracy of portugal, spain, and greece? i would like to say is what i meet with the chancellor, we discussed the single currency. it is important that what ever the personal views of the single currency and i never wanted britain to join it. we have to respect those kercher's and 1 -- those countries and want to make it work. there's an opportunity for britain to argue that the european union itself needs to change. we need to make this organization one and will be comfortable in. merkel chancellor understands that. i can the prime minister of italy understands that as well. it is achievable. it is one we can get looked at
in a referendum by the end of 2017. >> and the prime minister failed to say last week when he is going to back the stolen cash of the conservative party. when is he going to give it back? >> that been very active this week. what we need to see is when are we going to get the taxpayers money given back. never mind a that happened 20 years ago, this happened about 20 weeks ago. >> thank you. one of the first acts of his government was to bring a request to fund security measures. paris in my constituency -- parents and my constituency would pay for these measures out of their own pocket after the less government refused to help. minister if the prime will support my campaign to
continue with this? >> i will look very carefully at what my honorable friend said. i am a strong supporter of preschools and amenity's -- and community security. and his constituency and my friend would be happy to look at this issue to see how we can continue to give them support. in the oilice-fixing industry that is being investigated does the prime minister agree with me it is important to be transparent about the oil and gas companies? >> have they gotten nothing to say about unemployment and improving education and cap welfare? it pains me to point this out to the honorable lady. pounds received 32,000
from populated -- from affiliated, the conservative party get some money to help us get rid of labor. that is the way it works. the labour party, the union to give you money. that is the way it works. she said in this. on website, i am a member of unite. i really raise issues in parliament. they pay the money and they get the results out. that is the scandal. >> order. order. many more companies in england have paid huge dividends to shareholders and avoided paying tax. and they're proposing an annual
increase of 80 pounds a year. will the permits are make sure whicho public subsidy will take the profits ahead of taxpayers of his constituency and mine? >> i was said companies should pay the tax they all. -- owe. that is the case. it was be targeted to benefit taxpayers and provide value. we need to look at that carefully. it would be a benefit for london and his constituency is for everybody living in london. we use every tool at our disposal to get the best deal. >> will mr. -- will progress to ask mr. crosby -- the prime
minister asked mr. crosby -- >> will ask you again. givesnservative party lynton crosby money and he helps us attack the labour party of a right? it is the other way around. they buy your candidates. they buy your policy. they give you this hopeless a leader. >> mr. andrew griffin. >> thank you. my constituent kelly bridget was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 25 when she had her first smear. , she had to have a hysterectomy. on her congratulate her save your life campaign to raise awareness of cervical cancer?
and will the permits are agreed to talk to the health secretary about kelly's wish to bring the age of which the young women can have a smear down from 25 to 20? >> i pray tribute -- i pay tribute. the screening program we have had under successive governments have it was the greatest six -- successes. we should always be asking what the latest evidence is and when they should start. i am sure my friend will want to talk to about this campaign. >> order. >> you been watching prime minister's questions from the british house of commons. members are out for summer recess and will not return until september. google watch past -- you can watch past episodes anytime online at www.c-span.org.
>> tonight, texas senator ted cruz in iowa followed by president obama will stand your ground laws. and q and a. >> we think of aereo as a new way of thinking about how people are going to consume television in the future. whichan online platform is direct to consumers and people can get access to date to live television. on any device without a cable connection, just using the internet. the key element, the foundation piece of the technology is a micro antenna. you can think about it as how you used to have over the air antennas in the past. and there large. we miniaturized them. innovation,support
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>> well, thank you. it is great to be with you. good afternoon. thank you for coming out. thank you for joining me. thank you for the incredible hospitality. today is the first time i have been to iowa. it has been a wonderful day. i'm struck with the values of iowa and my home state of texas. i would note that we have some friends outside that have a little different view than those of us in here. i am reminded of a few years back where i had the curious opportunity to travel and give the commencement speech to the school of government and if so happened that it attracted protesters at berkeley.
they were very upset i have the 10 commandments in texas and they were protesting. my wife upon hearing that issue looked at me and said, you're not nearly important enough to protest. [laughter] everyone of you who is married understands the tremendous role our spouses play in reminding us of our humility. kids do a good job of that as well. i remember back in the campaign for senate about one saturday morning i was home and doing a radio interview. we got two little girls. caroline came bursting into the bedroom. she wanted to play with daddy. heidi jumped out of bed and said, daddy is doing a radio interview. wait a minute. caroline crossed her arms and stomped out and said, politics, politics, politics. it is always politics.
[laughter] i appreciate the commitment of each of you to politics. and even more importantly, the commitment to changing our country. [applause] everyone of you is here today and you understand these are not ordinary times. we are facing extraordinary challenges. we cannot keep going down the road we are going. we are jeopardizing the future of this great nation. we are jeopardizing the future for our kids. in my view, the men and women in this room are key to helping turn the nation around. i think we should do two things in the coming years. number one, and defend the constitution. number two, champion growth and opportunity.
defending the constitution, it is extraordinary right now the assault on the constitution that is coming from the federal government. this administration, the obama administration, is the most lawless administration we have ever had. in my short time in the senate over and over again, i have been blessed to have the chance to stand up and fight for the constitution. early on in my tenure, i had the privilege of standing alongside my good friend, senator rand paul, and participating in a 13 hour filibuster against administrations drone operations. [applause] that was my first time to speak on the floor of the senate. there is a tradition in the senate that junior senators
should be seen and not heard. i have not entirely managed to comply with that. [laughter] [applause] but i had respected the tradition that senators would a reasonable time before speaking on the floor of the senate. an initially, i told randy, i have not spoken on the floor of the senate yet. i want to give it more time to respect my colleagues. as if i started, this is one i could not be on the sidelines for -- as the fight started, this is one i could not be on the sidelines for. i had the opportunity to stand on the floor of the senate and read travis's letter. i had the opportunity to read
shakespeare's speech. we happy few, we band of brothers. i have the opportunity to read ronald reagan's 1964 speech. as they say in the beer commercial, it does not get any better than that. [laughter] what we saw that day, and i think it is important to look at what happened because it illustrates the terrain on which we are fighting has happened, when rand started that filibuster, our colleagues but what he was doing was curious. as he stood up there and spoke the truth, one senator after another and another began to join.
then the american people that interested. thousands upon thousands of americans became fixated by c-span, a phrase does not occur naturally in the english language. [laughter] with all apologies to our friends from c-span who are here today. [laughter] thousands of americans began going online and going on twitter and facebook and speaking out and saying to protect our rights. in the filibuster, i took to the floor and read some actual tweets that have been sent by americans that i am pretty sure the first time that has happened. that means 20 years from now if anyone has a political trivial pursuit game for geeks, i will be that secure answer to be the first one to read a tweet on the floor of the senate. a woman said that she was a
grandmother. i have never used twitter before in my life. i signed up today to back up rand. what happened in the course of the day as the american people got engaged and began speaking out, our elected representatives began listening. after 13 hours standing together, we were able to accomplish something that for three weeks the obama administration has refused to do and the next day in writing, they admitted that the constitution would put a limit on their authority to target americans. [applause] another example of defending the constitution is the battle that we had in the second amendment right to bear arms. i'm guessing one or two people in this room might care slightly about the second amendment.
as you know, following the horrific shooting in newtown, connecticut, the obama administration chose to take advantage of that tragedy to push an anti-gun agenda not to target violent criminals, but to target the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. i was very proud to work side- by-side with my friend and your senator, chuck grassley. helping lead the fight. chuck grassley, all of you know his leadership, but i will tell you a couple of things about him. number one, there's no member of the u.s. senate who is more relentless and more effective on oversight of the obama administration. [applause] when the second amendment fight
started happening, we sat down and wrote together what became the lead law enforcement alternative to president obama's bill called the grassley-cruz legislation. it focused on violent criminals. we should come down on them like a ton of bricks. they would take the lives of innocent americans. it saves the constitutional right to keep arms from law- abiding citizens. it illustrates the power of grassroots, the power of the american people. i have to tell you that it did not look encouraging. the president had a lot of momentum and conventional wisdom was that his anti-gun agenda was unstoppable.
what happened again as millions of americans began speaking out, calling the representatives and we saw over the course of several weeks as a number of busted together. it started with a letter saying we would filibuster any legislation that would undermine the second amendment. what that did is give time and when the grassroots engaged and when american people once again demanded of our elected officials to stand up and do the right thing, protect the constitution, we saw one after the other forcing them to listen to "we the people." every single proposal that would have undermined did the second
amendment right was voted down on the floor of the senate. [applause] i'm grateful for chuck grassley's leadership. i'm grateful for rand paul's leadership tom about i'm most grateful for leadership in that fight. we could not have gotten any of that done without you. that shifts the second piece. what should we be doing? we should champion growth and opportunity. my top priority is restoring economic growth because growth is foundational to every other challenge. you want to turn around on employment, national debt, maintain the strongest military in the world to protect national security? you got to have growth. the last four years, our economy has averaged 0.9% growth per year.
there is only one other time before world war ii of less than one percent gdp growth, 1979- 1982 coming out of the jimmy carter administration, the same failed economic policy about out-of-control spending, taxes, and it produces the exact same economic stagnation. we want to get it going again, get it strong and there are three ways you do so. number one, you finally rein in out-of-control spending and unsustainable debt. back last fall, i have the opportunity to speak at the republican convention and i spoke about the national debt, talked about our two little girls. afterwards, i went back to the
hotel room and it pulled out my iphone again looking at twitter. it so happened that the comedian paula poundstone was watching the convention that night. i guess she did not have anything better to do. [laughter] she sent a tweet and said, "ted cruz just said when his daughter was born the national debt was $10 trillion and now it's $16 trillion. what the heck did she do?" [laughter] heidi and i laughed so hard we almost fell out of bed. caroline is five years old. in her short life, the national debt has grown 60%. what we are doing is fundamentally immoral. our parents did not do that to us. their parents did that to them. no generation in the history of this country has given their
children such crushing debt that it exceeds the size of our entire economy. our kids and grandkids, if we keep going down this path, they will spend their entire lives not working to meet the challenges they face but to pay off the debt their parents and grandparents racked up because we could not live with it. you want to know why the american people are fed up with politicians in washington, let me be clear, it is politicians in both parties who got us in this mess. [applause] the second element of restoring growth and opportunity is fundamental tax reform. we have all seen the scandals of the irs targeting conservative groups, tea party groups, pro- life groups, targeting groups that use offensive words like
"liberty," "constitution," "bill of rights." i think it's right in recognize those are a threat to what they were doing. as problematic as what they were doing was -- and let me be clear. richard nixon tried to use the irs to target political enemies it was wrong and it was rightly decried in a bipartisan manner. when the obama administration did the same thing, it is every bit as wrong. as bad as that scandal is, it underscores what i think is a far more fundamental solution. we need to abolish the irs. [applause] let me tell you something.
in washington, d.c., there is a technical term for what i just said. that's called crazy talk. you know, it's the people out there on the fringe. why? there is an army of lobbyists on k street to make a living putting exemptions into the irs code. there are more words in the irs code than there are in the bible. not a one of them is as good. anyone know the shortest scripture in the bible? there has been a lot of weeping because of the irs. listen. if you have to depend on elected officials in washington, the irs will not be abolished. there is only one way that we will actually succeed in abolishing the irs and that is the same way we won the drone fight in the gunfight. there is no politician in
washington who can win this fight. i cannot win it. chuck cannot win it. the only people who can win it are the men and women across america. if millions upon millions of americans come together as grassroots and demand of our elected officials to stand for principles. stop going down this road that is bankrupting the country and threatening the future of our kids and grandkids. that's the anything that can do it -- the american people demanding it. i'm working very, very hard to encourage and mobilize the american people to do exactly that. the third way we restore economic growth is regulatory reform, reducing the army a regulators, like locusts. actually, locusts are more friendly. [laughter] you can use pesticide against them.
it does not work nearly as well against regulators. but to stop the army of regulators who are destroying economic growth and there is no regulatory reform more important and repealing every single word of obamacare. [applause] now, i am here right now to enlist your help. we are getting ready to have an epic battle on obamacare. you may have read congress has voted 38, 39, 506 times two repeal obamacare but none of those votes were binding. none of them are passed into law. it's one thing to vote when it's a symbolic gesture and you can
save that you voted to do it. it's another thing when you can actually get it done. this fall, we have an opportunity to defund obamacare. [applause] in september, the continuing resolution that funds the federal government expires. i have publicly pledged along with a number of other senators but under no circumstances will i vote for a continuing resolution that funds one penny of obamacare. [applause] our framers knew what they were doing when they crafted the legislation. thomas jefferson said it is chains to bind the mischief of government and one of the most important constraints they had was congress had the power of
the purse and it is a very effective restraint to restrain an out-of-control executive. if we do one of two things, if we hold 41 republicans in the united states senate or 218 republicans in the house of representatives, we can defund obamacare in september. [applause] i will point out that this is the last fight we will have on this before it starts going into full force in january. just a couple of weeks ago, as you know, president obama unilaterally and, in defiance of the law, decided to postpone the employer mandate until conveniently after the 2014 election. i will make two points about that.
the fact that they moved it until after the election, and i suggest the timing is done accidental, is an incredible omission. if obamacare were a good thing, they would do it before the election. >> if obama care were a good thing, they would want it before the election. if it were working as harry reid said, obama care has been onderful for the american people. if that were true, why on earth move it after the election? it's an admission from the as the lead t just author of obama care, max bachus care is becoming a train wreck. off.wheels are coming but secondly, what the obama administration did was postponed it for large companies with 50 companies or more. corporations big
get a special exception, a special benefit that the are not given, hardworking families and taxpayers are not given? that is why we need to defund every bit of this for every american. to be easy? going the two things i just put out abolishing the irs and -- i ing obama care are don't know if any of you are in consultant business orld have heard of the phrase called bee hag. audacious goal. that's big hairy audacious goals for the american people. either one of those came to a we'din congress right now, lose. we don't have the votes in the house. or the i'm going to tell you there is to change that.
i can argue until i'm blue in the face and it's not within my to persuade 41 senate epublicans or 218 house republicans. but you can. way we get this done -- the entire terrain has changed. people stand together, they come together as rassroots activists and we demand of our elected officials, enough is enough. stop talking, start acting. in 2001, i of back worked in the department of justice, john ashcroft, my boss following. the he said, if i'm ever accused of i would like an, to know they have enough convict me. the same thing is true, we need demonstrate not
by telling us but by standing up and acting. happen isay that will if the grassroots demand it of our elected officials. sharing with e by you th-- this is a room of men d country. love this men and women who love liberty. for all of us, liberty is not abstract concept that we learn and read about in a high school textbook. liberty is real in our own lives, it means something to us. and every one of it has something do with our stories. family for me, that's true. from cuba. when he was a teenager, he was 14, he started fighting in the revolution. he spent four years fighting, he was thrown in prison and 17.ured when he was
he was beaten almost to death. this day, the front teeth are not his own because they were kicked out of his in a cuban jail when he was a teenager. fled the d cuba, batista regime, and came to texas. speak 18, couldn't english. had $100 sewn into his underwear. i don't advise carrying money in your underwear. he got a job washing dishes. why? english. have to speak he had to stick dishes under hot water. cents an hour. he paid his way through the niversity of texas, got a job, went on to start a small business. worked towards the american dream. is a pastor in dallas. my dad has been my hero my whole life, he's here today. up.el cruz, please stand
[ applause ] when i was a kid, my dad would to me over and over again -- oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. freedom here, where do we go? go.re is no place to that's why all of us are here. you know what i find most my dad's story? how common place it is. every one of us has a story in ur background, us, them, parents, great, great grandparents. we are all of the children who freedom.verything for
that's the most fundamental dna of what it means to be an to value freedom and opportunity above all else. that's what we're fighting for. that's why we're here. i am honored and blessed to have be opportunity to side-by-side with you fight together to take our freedom and country ty above all back, to restore the shining city on the hill that is the united states of america. thank you and god bless you. country e ] back, to
i'm happy to answer or you like.questions >> i appreciate your goals and you being here, your leadership. failed to mention is in light of edward snowden evelation, it's becoming abundantly clear that america is constructing a police state that or ore advanced sophisticated than anything that or hitler could have dreamed of. what are you going to do to hold accountable? >> i appreciate the question you ask. and i tell you, i am concerned pattern across this government. of collecting more and more private on about citizens. about law-abiding citizens. terms of nk in ddressing it, we need to be cautious about the level of
publicc we employ in the sphere. differences rmous between what the government is oing in nazi germany and other nations. i do think it is critical we constitutional liberties. i tell you, with edward snowden, i have tried very much to say time to e some ascertain what exactly the federal government is doing, policies are, and there objectives most americans want. number one, the federal government has an opportunity to national security and combat radical islamic terrorists. will note it says something we have a president of the united tates who seems unwilling to utter the words, "radical islamic terrorist." i have concerns about the administration
on two fronts. seems that they sweep far too willingly law-abiding americans into the sweep of information. two, they have been on multiple occasions, less than and actually connecting the dots and going after radical islamic terrorists. if you look, for example, at the boston bombings, the boston were notified by ussia about these brothers, about their being potentially islamic terrorists. we investigated and by all ball.rances, dropped the the older brother posted a outube video that seemed to advocate jihad. apparently raltzed no red flags. i have a concern why it was that ur federal government was not
able to connect the dots and act of terrorism. hood, again t. there were red flags. the army whojor in as communicating with known terrorists about the known servicemen who was giving a fellow soldiers about radical islam and embracing jihad. and, again, it seems we dropped the ball. my view is we need to be vigorous protecting the national the united states. and stopping ding terrorists.mic we need to protect the rights of law abiding citizens and i believe both of those are indeed are serving the same ultimate objectives. yes?
>> what about the -- off-mic ]n the senate bill -- my concern is senate -- congress -- >> i share your concern. the question was about immigration. and let me just address broadly.ion more on immigration, i am both pessimistic.d which may be a sign i've been in washington too long. i'm optimistic because i think there's actually a lot of on many n agreement aspects of immigration reform. i think outside of washington, bipartisan whelming agreement that our immigration system is broken, that we've got securing ious about the borders, and stopping it gal immigration that doesn't make any sense in a post
/11 world, we don't know who's coming into the country and the backgrounds. i think there's overwhelming we rtisan agreement that need to improve and streamline legal immigration that we need a nation that doesn't just welcome, that celebrates legal immigrants. americans by choice is what reagan referred to as legal immigrants as. if congress focussed on an focused on bill that the areas of bipartisan agreement, we could have a bill congress.ed through so why am i pessimistic? i am because i don't believe obama wants to pass an immigration bill. principal objective is political rather than passing it. n particular, the most politically divisive evidence of to bill is the pass citizenship to the 11 million people who are here illegally. look back.
1986 was the last time congress passed immigration reform. in 1986, the americans -- the congress told the american you -- we got a deal for we're going to grant amnesty to the 3 million people who are illegally.here and in exchange, we're going to we're going rder, to stop illegal immigration, we're going fix the problem. the american people by in large okay, we'll take that deal. we all know what happened. happened and ty the border never got secured. later, , three decades instead of 3 million people here llegally, there are roughly 11 million people here illegally. and i'll tell you in many of those -- among many of those tragedies.human this is a terrible broken system. encourage anyone interested in immigration come down to the texas border with me. farmers and e farm who anchers on the borders
no longer lock their homes because they have people rossing and they'll break into their houses desperate for food or water because they're on the brink of death. system, you have women and children entrusting themselves to coyotes, to drug dealers, being sexual assaulted, being left to die in the desert nd visit with one of these ranchers who regularly those ers the bodies of who died desperately seeking freedom and trying to come to this country. who is interested in a humane system would want a ystem that encourages future illegal immigration. and the gang of eight bill, i worked very hard to improve and when they weren't it, to stop prove it, continues the same mistakes of the past. offers the same deal that was offered in 1986, legalization in the sometime maybe future, we'll secure the border. that bill became law, 10,
we'd be ars from now, right back. instead of 11 million, we'd have 20 million or 30 million people the same discussion would go on. i think what the american people want is to fix the system. and i think what president obama obama white house wants is for the bill to be voted down the house of representatives ecause they want a political issue in 2014 and 2016. and i tell you to my mind, the larifying moment of the entire immigration debate occurred during the judiciary committee markup. i introduced a whole series of approve this bill. one amendment is put real teeth in border security. rejected. one amendment was to eliminate citizenship for the 11 million people here illegally. now, that amendment left the underlying provisions of the that provided an illegal work permit after the border was secured. and senator chuck schumer
-- onded and he said if there is no citizenship, be no reform. actually took the opportunity to thank senator schumer, thank him for his candor. schumer has been clear today. he's stated he's won overarching and that partisan political goal is more important than every other thing in this bill. he has stated if he doesn't get 100% of his partisan political nothing's willing to do to secure the border. he's willing to do nothing to high-tech immigration. he's willing to do nothing to help the farmers and ranchers improve agricultural immigration. and most tellingly, he's willing for the 11 million people here illegally. he's willing to say, stay in the shadows because if i don't get every bit of my partisan i'll take my ,
marbles and go home. it was candid but it was -- profoundly cynical. that's the attitude of the white house. president obama played a key sticking the knife in reform then at the behest of the union bosses. not ight now, congress is working to actually fix the system. i think that's what the american people want. what i hope the house does. i don't know if they will or not. everything i can to encourage them to do exactly that. ma'am? >> just time for one more question. then we'll have to have a meeting with the media. time for one more. thank you. of us are many willing to get going on gross roots and are excited about it. tied.k our hands are we don't know what to do. we send our letters to representatives, we send our e-mails, we call.
it feels like we're going up against a black curtain. know what happens then. can you give us advice on how we mobilize how do we people? some suggestions in activities we can all par tills pate in? it's a great question -- one of the things i'm trying to do that.p and encourage for example, the immigration fight, we started a website, securebordersnow.com. petition, we urged people to sign up on ecurebordersnow.com to secure the borders first, fix the problem. don't repeat the mistakes of the past. engage in olved and that way makes a difference. as you may know, i'm articipating in ads that are running nationally to abolish the irs. urging people to call in and up together to mobilize the grassroots. and let me give an example of rootes roots can do.
of it -- i'm trying to facilitate that, but to be no one can do it as well as you can. nothingyou organically, has the impact like someone you know and trust saying, listen, here's the truth. here's what we need to do. et me give you an encouraging anecdote. so about a month ago, i was in new york speaking at the new republic republican party at t raiser.und we had three groups of protesters there. ne group protesting on immigration. one group protesting because they favored gun control. and then we actually had another gun group that was protesting willing to talk to the new york republicans who were not stout in defending the second amendment. it was interesting to get protesting from both ends of that. of liberal activists
decided they were going to do "twitterbomb" a that at the time i was speaking, were going to launch liberal activists all over the cruz, you tweet, "you lose." in response, a group of onservative grassroots activists decided they were going to counter it. they were going to do a own.erbomb of their the campaign at 5:30 wednesday night, same time as the liberals were doing it. they were urging people to tweet, "cruz to victory." 9:00 wednesday night, the #cruztovictory was trending number one in the united states two worldwide. [ applause ] and the liberal attack didn't make the top ten list. now, the beauty of that was -- organic.entirely
we didn't prop that, we didn't it, we didn't do anything. that came from the people. i got to tell you some of y'all senior seen a republican sometime ago referred paul as to rand whackovers. that was not e to to reciprocate, not to launch an way but simply to say, if standing for liberty you a constitution make bird, count me a proud whacko bird. many response to that grassroots begun showing up at events with t-shirts that say front.birds across the in my senate office, i have a daffy duck and the words whacko bird that a grassroots activist showed up and gave to me.
we, the people, when we stand up together can do incredible things. i would encourage each of you with your friends, get engaged, calling your local representatives has a powerful impact. and standing for principle, urging them to stand for principle makes a real difference. i appreciate everything you're doing. thank you, god bless you. -- use plautz [ applause ]
>> shortly after his remarks, enator cruz spoke with reporters. he answered questions about his ossible presidential run and president obama's remarks friday national review of stand your ground laws. peter kahne tive today said you were considering running in 2016. expressed concern about the direction the party is moving in with officials like yourself and paul. >> i don't know mr. king. he's certainly entitled to his opinions. i'm going to keep my focus not but on the ics, substance.
think our country is facing enormous challenges. we're facing fiscal challenges are facing the future of our nation, the future of of my and grand kids. we have to preserve our liberties. the obama administration has followed a pattern of disregarding the law and undermining our constitutional liberties. number two, we have to restore opportunity.wth and our economy has grown 0.9% a year on average. since y other period world war ii of four consecutive gdp of less than 1% of growth, 1979 to 1982. jimmy carter the administration, the same failed policies of spending and taxation. it produced the same economic stagnation. the biggest problem of the economic stagnation of the obama agenda is that the people who hurt the most are the most vulnerable. most by e who are hurt
the obama economy are young people, hispanic, moms, -americans, single we need to get economic growth back so that people who are the gling to climb american -- the economic ladder can have a fair and full to achieve the american dream. spoke entree nt von martin. he suggested that if trayvon white, it would have been different. both the act and the aftermath. have a teenager ho loses his life, that's a tragic event. number two, i think the entire roceeding had some unfortunate elements to it. there were some in the political tried to take a ragic encounter between george
zimmerman, an hispanic man defending his neighborhood and and turn it into a racially polarized battle. that's unfortunate. that's corrosive to the political discourse. trial. case, we had a a trial that was decided by a jury pursuant to the constitution and the jury verdict.ed a we need to respect the verdict. i will say to the president's following the verdict, he said the same thing. he said we need to respect the verdict. and i appreciate the president saying that. i'll say more broadly that there's no doubt in the african-american community that great challenges because many children in the community are n facing less opportunity than they would like and that they would deserve. they're often in failing educational systems, they're in ystems where their chances of getting a job, of climbing the economic ladder, of achieving the american dream are minimized. i think we ought to have far
more passion for improving the and opportunity of young african-americans, young hispanics, young people the country. seek ht to, for example, far more competition and school choice so that young kids who schools that are not teaching them that are ailing have the opportunity to go to a school and learn because ducation is foundational to achieving the american dream. and i'd love to see a renewed we can passion for how expand opportunity in the african-american community, the community. the two best ways to do so are mproved education and educational choice, and economic growth, an environment where businesses thrive and prosper because economic growth for people are jobs climbing the economic ladder. >> the president called for a national review of stand our ground laws and suggested this of the problem.
>> it is not surprising that the it seems every goortunity he can, to try to after our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. it's unfortunate that this and this administration has a consistent disregard for the bill of rights. the first amendment and rep stricting the rights of our servicemen and women to their faith and not be gagled, whether it is the second amendment right to keep and bear law-abiding citizens. whether it is the fourth and fifth amendment rights of citizens to be secure from unreasonable searches and iezure and be protected by arbitrary targeting by drones. this is an administration that's undermined the bill of rights. that's unfortunate. >> are you putting serious body to a presidential bid in the 2016. >> you know, i am here because trying sing my time on to make the argument and win the argument that, number one, the in the unitedstem
states of america has been the greatest engine for prosperity the world's ever seen. and number two, that our our itutional safeguards, bill of rights, that protect our od-given rights, are foundational to this nation and we need to get back to the constitution. seveneen in office all of months. prior to that, the last elected ffice i held was student council. it's been quite the whirlwind. i can tell you that in the seven to over a e been dozen states. i've had over 45 events across texas doing everything i can to make and help win the argument that we need to get back to our free principles. we need to get back to our constitutional foundation. >> was that a no or a yes? >> that was my focus right now is not on politics. >> come on, senator. the media ize in everything likes to be put through a political lens. tell you what i tell folks
on our team and my office every ay, which is let's focus on substance. good policy makes good politics. day, stand up every for principles, stand for free principles, stand for constitution and the politics itself. care of >> you've focusing on policy -- > i've been to over a dozen states all over the country. a s a time to engage in critical dialogue. let me say a second thing on the question of 2016. race t had a presidential a few months ago. i'll tell you as a voter, i decide 's premature to who we should support. and i tell you, me as a citizen will support o i in 2016 is whoever is standing , whoever is g efending free market principles, defending the constitution, whoever is making the argument to the american people there is another road we down, another path we can
go down to return to the opportunity this country was built on. that's what we should be looking at. now, the senate is the battlefield. i'm trying every day to stand for conservative principles in senate.stitution and the i think if we focus on substance, the politics will take care of itself. you. ank >> thank you very much. >> thank you, senator. > >> is it worthy of looking at again. people of arizona
will because it's a controversial piece of legislation. this talk cruz thinks of changing the stand your ground legislation is president obama's way to get at gun control what's your reaction? that conclusion. i just don't. >> president obama made remarks trayvon martin case and florida's stand your ground laws in the surprise appearance n friday in the white house briefing room. this is just under 20 minutes. >> whoa, whoa -- disappointing, man. is this the kind of respect that you get. >> wake up, people. >> what brings you out here. television, it looks like you're addressing a full room. it's a mirage. >> all right. all right. >> not expecting this. >> i got you.
>> all right. sorry about that. anybody else showing up? good. well, i wanted to come out here all to tell you that jay is prepared for all of your uestions and it's very much looking forward to the session. second thing is i want to let know that over the next couple of weeks there's going be whole range of issues -- immigration, economics, etc. we'll try to arrange a fuller to address your questions. the reason i wanted to come out questions, to take but to speak to an issue that of ously has gotten a lot attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the trayvon martin ruling. gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on sunday. but watching the debate over the course of the last week, i thought it might be useful for a to expand on my thoughts
little bit. i want to make ure that once again i send my thoughts and prayers as well as michelle's to the family of martin. on the incredible grace and dignity with which they dealt with the entire situation. i can only image what they're through. and it's remarkable how they've handled it. to sayond thing i wanted is reiterate what i said on sunday which is there are going arguments about the legal issues in the case. 'll let all of the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. the judge conducted the trial in manner.ssional the prosecution and the defense made their arguments. the juries were properly
in a -- in a t this reasonable doubt was relevant. right-handerendered a verdict. spoken, that'shas how the system works. but i just wanted to talk a little bit about context and how eople have responded to it and how people are feeling. you know, when trayvon martin i said that this son.d have been my another way of saying it is, trayvon martin could have been me 35 years ago. and when you think about why in the african-american community, a lot of pain 's around what happened here, i important to
the nize that african-american community is a king at this issue through set of experiences. that -- that did -- that doesn't go away. there are very few in this merican men country who haven't had the experience of being followed hen they were shopping in a department store. that includes me. here are very few african-american men who haven't had the experience of walking street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. to me at least before i was a senator. here are very few african-americans who haven't had the experience of getting on elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she to get off.
happens often. nd, you know, i don't want to exaggerate this. but those settles of experiences african-american community interprets what florida. one night in and it's inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. the african-american community knowledgeable that there s a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws. the death from penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. and that ends up having an terms of how people interpret the case. to say that the
african-american community is aive about the fact that african-american, young men, are in roportionally involved the criminal justice system. hat they are disproportionally both victims and perpetrators of violence. it's not to make excuses for that fact. folks do hite interpret the reasons for that context.orical they understand that some of the place in hat takes poor black neighborhoods around the country is borne out of a violent past in this country. poverty and dysfunction that we see in those be traced to a very difficult history. and so the fact that sometimes hat's unacknowledged adds to
the frustration. that a lot of frican-american boys are painted with a broad brush and there'sses given, well, these statistics out there that boys hat african-american are more violent using that as to then see sons differently causes pain. i think the african-american community is also not naive in nderstanding that statistically, somebody like trayvon martin was probably more likely to be by by a peer than he was somebody else. -- so folks understand the hallenges that exist for african-american boys. but they get frustrated, i no k, if they feel there's
context for it. and that context is being denied. -- and that all contributes, think, to a sense that if a teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that bottom, both the aftermath might have been different. ow the question for me, at least, and i think for a lot of folks is, where do we take this? how do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? i think it's understandable that there have een demonstrations and vigils and protests and some of that tuff is just going to have to
work its way through as long as remains nonviolent. if i see any violence, then i will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to family.martin and his but beyond protester vigils, the question is, are there concrete things we might be able to do? is ow that eric holder reviewing what happened down there. it's important for people to have some clear expectations here. raditionally, these are issues of state and local government. code.riminal and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local level, not at the frefl levels. -- federal level. doesn't mean, though, that as a nation, we can't do some be gs that i think would productive. couple of ust give a
specifics that i'm still bouncing around with my staff so we're not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where i think all of us could potentially focus. number one -- precisely because law enforcement is often determined a it the state and local level, would be productive for the justice department, mayors, to work with law enforcement about training and local levels in of r to reduce the kind mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists. know, when i was in llinois, i passed racial profiling legislation. and it did two simple things. collected data on raffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped but he other thing is it resourced training police departments
across the state on how to think potential racial bias and further professionalize what they were doing. and initially, the police across the state were resistant. but actually they came to inognize that if it was done a fair, straight forward way, that it would allow them to do better and communities would have more confidence in them and then in be more helpful. and in applying the law. nd obviously law enforcement's got a very tough job. so that's one area where i think resources andt of best practices that could be rought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. would hink a lot of them be. and let's figure out other ways that kind of out
training. along the same lines, i think it would be useful for us to xamine some state and local they areee if it -- if design in such a way that may encourage the kind of ltercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the rather than defuse potential altercations. i know that there's been about the fact that the stand your ground laws in used as a e not defense in the case. on the other hand, if we're ending a message as a society in our communities that someone is armed potentially had the firearms, e those even if there's a way for them from a situation, is that really going to be the kind of to peace and security and order in a we'd like to see?
who resist e who -- that idea that we should think about something like these stand laws, i just ask people to consider if trayvon artin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? and do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting mr. zimmerman who had in the car because he felt threatened. to that e answer question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we want to examine those kinds of laws. number three -- project.is a long-term we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster nd reenforce our
african-american boys. and this is something michelle about.talk a lot a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of reenforcement. that we can dore sense that their country cares about them? them?lues and is willing to invest in them? i'm not naive about the prospects of some brand new federal program. i'm not sure that's what we're talking about here. do recognize as president we've got convening power. and there's a lot of good programs that are being done country on this front. and for us to be able to gather together business leaders and elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out how do a better job helping young
frican-american men feel that they're a full part of this -- and that hat and avenuespathways to succeed? i think that would be a pretty what was me from obviously a tragic situation. we're going to spend some time thinking that and about that. and finally, it's important for us to do some soul searching. there's talk about should we race?ne a conversation on i haven't seen that be when, ularly productive you know, politicians try to conversations. they end up being stilted and folks are locked into the positions they already have. if families hand,
work places, nd there's a possibility that eople are a little bit more honest. and at least you ask yourself about am estions wringing as much bias out of myself as i can. as ijudging people as much can based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? an would, i think, be appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy. me just leave you with he final thought that as difficult and challenging as his whole episode has been for a lot of people, i don't want us o lose sight that things are getting better. seemsuccessive generation
to be making progress in comesng attitudes when it to race. it doesn't mean we're in a postracial society. racism is mean that eliminated. i talk to w when to a and sasha and i listen their friends and i see them better than were are. they're better than we were on these issues. nd that's true in every community that i've visited all country.e nd so, you know, we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues and those of us in doing ty should be everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions.
have should also confidence that kids these days, i think, have more sense than we and certainly more han our parents did or our grandparents did and that along long difficult journey, you becoming a more perfect union -- not a perfect perfect but a more union. all right. guys.you, now you can -- >> mr. president, have you talked to the martin family? >> this morning on "washington "time" " we spoke with magazine reporter elizabeth dias about her cover story after trayvon. the cover story of "time"
magazine, after trayvon. and center. front the trial is ended but the repercussions of a florida only just h have begun. in the body of this story, dias writes, there about a new discussion how america handles its diversity. longer be the population. within a year, a majority of willren under the age of 5 be minority groups, the promise of tomorrow changed little in the present. dias joining us live on the phone. thank you for being with us. me. ank you for having >> as you put the cover story together and we put on the screen some of the figures about the changing demographics of learn?, what have you >> a great question, you know, he day after the verdict was announced was sunday. and 80% of blacks in america say is very important in
their lives. so we took a look at what was in theng in the pews and pulpits across america. surprise, the verdict and the reactions were foremost on astors' minds and hearts as they preached and a week later, i'm sure that's what's happening again. it's been quite a week. when we -- when the story came ut, the president had only issued an e-mail statement about the verdict and he surprised the ation on friday with his comments. so we're seeing that this moment, the trayvon martin we refer to it, is not the country. and with what's coming on the rights act voting and just about a month before the 0th anniversary of march on washington, we're seeing momentum building around in america. s >> talk about the economic disparity issue as well. from "time" s
magazine between whites and blacks. the median house hold income african-americans, $33,000 versus $55,000 for white families. an estimated 18% of black men than twice ed, more the rate of white men. on the issue of discrimination whitesu.s. today, 16% of say there's discrimination, 56% f blacks say there's discrimination. >> right, right. are stark. you listen to the story they tell. it only feeds the sentiment across the country. days,r one in the past 30 one in four young black men feel they've been inappropriately either stopped had some kind of action that was really just a to a racist system. and so the combination of these factors, especially
that hit, you know, there was a barack obama when came into office, this had this dual story line about race in america, right? on the one hand, we had the first african-american president. a really er, we have difficult economic times. these two dwoouling stories figure out which one will take hold in the future. >> elizabeth dias, why did the come out and why on friday? >> a good question. i'm sure everyone across america it.asking they were very careful in not about why but ls there's a hunch that the white not a ealized this is away. that's going i would imagine, this is just my imagining, i would imagine the first lady d the
probably talked about the case. an issue that the president just decided that it was time to talk about it. and so he did. and surprised the whole white .ouse press corps it also gives the sign that maybe the justice department has there's only a limited action that they can or are which gave them the president a bit more freedom to come out and say, this is i think. >> if you can stay on the phone a moment. do you think that the president from tting pressure african-american leaders to do more. he issued a written statement on sunday. was really the extend of it. >> not necessarily the leaders but the people out in the streets. of annot ignore those types new york city in on sunday. thousands of people
who took to the streets from union station to times square. reverend al sharpton planned for weekend in 100 cities but it was a spontaneous thing that as not directed by african-american leaders but the people in the streets. >> let me take your cover story of a t it in the form question. what is next after trayvon? >> well, i think we're going to see a lot of people in in a month. for the -- for the march on th anniversary. but uh think when it comes to the practical -- the governmental action that people locally are calling for the need to rotect voting rights, especially after the supreme ourt's decision last month repealing striking down key portions of the voting rights 1965.f there's also movement on the
state level to repeal stand your across the country and he need to pass anti-racial profiling laws. then also there's this movement standing against gun proliferation. as the had of the naacp in north carolina told me, that's the four-pronged approach, those things. will's no illusion that it be a long fight. but we're seeing as we just rallies in these dozens of cities across the country and trayvon martin's arents and their supporters continuing to speak out. elizabeth dias, part of the team of the cover story along with michael schaerer, after available on-line. time.com. thanks for being with us. having me. r >> on the next washington looks at thecusack
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